PATRIOT POW WOW
All of our Patriots want to give a big THANK YOU to A&C Construction and Central Alabama Lawn Care for helping us with our Patriot Playground!
We have been engaging in role play activities to learn more about the outbreak of WW2.
The children chose to represent a country that was involved in the Paris Peace Conference from 1919. The students began negotiating within their group and created their own version of the Treaty of Versailles. The children then compared their decisions to the original Treaty of Versailles and evaluated if it was fair. The students then created a quote from the perspective of their choice. This was interesting as some children felt that Germany had been punished harshly, whilst others felt it was justified.
Congratulations Community Four! We have been fully funded for the butterfly garden at PRS!
At the beginning of the school year, Community Four learners were presented with an important driving question: "What can we do to make Pike Road Schools a better place to learn?"
Learners collaborated and brainstormed in small groups, each member sharing their own views on what might improve our school. The learners came up various suggestions and this has impacted on our planning throughout the year. Through their research, learners discovered that the Monarch Butterfly is the state insect and it has been on the decline for a while now. Several learners invited Dr. Freeman to our community to see if she would be willing to hear their proposal for a butterfly garden at PRS. As she agreed, to the prospect of a butterfly garden, the cheers erupted!
From this point, children were asked if they would like join the butterfly committee. This committee asked all C4 learners how we could begin raising money to support this idea. They decided to make butterfly ornaments, sculptures, book marks, and other trinkets to have on display at the December PTSA meeting. Learners collected $265 in donations to help assist the project.
Next, the butterfly garden committee decided to take it a step further and seek funding from other locations. Kaitlyn Piggott, one of the committee members, hand wrote a special invitation asking the Wind Creek Casino promotion manager and property manager to come listen to their presentations. This past Wednesday, they presented to the Wind Creek Casino and asked for their assistance. After the presentations and tour to the site, our visitors agreed to help with funding, as well as, labor for the project. We hope to kick start the garden this month, we all very excited that we can share our learning with the rest of PRS! Hopefully we can encourage others to welcome the Monarch butterfly into their gardens.
Presenting to an authentic audience.
Mr. Jake Carlton (Property Manager) and Mrs. Christi Mann (Promotions Manager) of Wind Creek Casino at the butterfly garden site with our PRS Butterfly Committee Members.
Aden showing how the Monarch butterfly populations have been on the decline over time.
Monday, February 8:
- K- Kickoff Random Acts of Kindness Week: favorite sports team.
Tuesday, February 9:
- I- Inspire someone to by kind TUESDAY
- (Dress as your favorite superhero and inspire others to be Kindness Superheroes.
Wednesday, February 10:
- N- Neon bright WEDNESDAY
- (Make the world a bright place by sharing kindness.)
Thursday, February 11:
- D- Dive into kindness THURSDAY
- (Dress in your favorite tropical wear or sea life as we dive into kindness.
- 6:00 p.m. - C5 Systems Expo for Parents
Friday, February 12:
- Friendly FRIDAY Twins Day
- (Pair up with a friend and dress alike.)
What will your C4 Learner be working on this week? 2/07/16
Learners will research and construct a model to explain that an object can be seen when light reflected from its surface enters the eyes. We need materials for this area of research. Materials needed include: small flashlights with batteries, aluminum foil, old CDs, and construction paper. If you can donate any of these items, please send them in Monday or Tuesday to Mrs. Hardin. If you would like for us to return your flashlight, please write your name on it and we will return them after we complete this study. Thank you!
This week we will focusing on creating essential questions (S.L.4.1c) as we learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen. We will also work on paraphrasing (S.L.4.2) as we find out more about some influential figures during W.W.2.
This week we will continue to investigate the events that lead up to the outbreak of WW2.
* Describe the economic and social impact of World War II on Alabama.
In order for learners to begin to understand the impact on Alabama, we will look at the outbreak of WW2 and discuss the point of view of different narrators ( R.L.4.6).
We will next focus on using commas and quotations to mark direct speech, as we show a direct quote. Following this each learner will choose the point of view they would like to extend, showing the use off commas and quotations in their writing (L.4.2b).
This week we will reassess R.F.4.4 - we will focus on fluency and those children who are already meeting expectations for Fourth Grade will be assessed at Fifth Grade Standard.
We will also work on (R.F.4.3) our decoding skills using a text that explores the role of coding in WW2. We will work in Literature Circles and choose to explore the text using two roles of our choice.
We will then create our own codes and share them with others in the class. Once published we will use them to create a wall display. We will make informational diagrams to explain to others why and how the U.S. Military created the codes and why the code were important (S.L.4.1.d).
*This week we will begin to understand the impact of W.W1 in Alabama, this will allow us to create a timeline of events during the 20th century, this year we will continue our timeline all the way to the present day.
* Explain the impact the 1920s and Great Depression had on different socioeconomic groups in Alabama. Explain how supply and demand impacted economies of Alabama and the United States during the 1920s and the Great Depression.
Learners will be traveling back in time through a wormhole (via time-traveling bus) in order to experience our chosen events, firsthand, alongside the historical characters and events we are going to research. MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW...
*Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators by creating common denominators. Record the results of this comparison with symbols <, =, or >.
Learners will be working in small groups, with their peers, exploring a padlet, and receiving one-on-one instruction to begin to grasp this concept.
Math/Literacy/PE Schedule for February
C4 Valentine's Day Party
LUNCH MENU FOR FEBRUARY
FRESH GRADE LOOKS DIFFERENT! WHAT DO THE CHANGES MEAN?
MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL AND TASTE OF THE WORLD PTSA MEETING ON FEBRUARY 25 AT 6:00 P.M.
MAYOR'S MARATHON CHALLENGE (MONTGOMERY)
The City of Montgomery, Montgomery Multisport and Publix are partnering to bring
the Publix Mayor’s Marathon Challenge to the Montgomery Marathon on March
12th at Riverwalk Stadium. Each student who wants to participate will run a cumulative 25.2 miles during their PE class or at home and then run the last one mile of the marathon on March 12th in downtown Montgomery finishing inside Riverwalk Stadium. Each participant will receive a shirt, personalized bib and a finisher’s medal commemorating their marathon accomplishment. Each student will have their face on the big screen as they run inside Riverwalk Stadium to the finish line in centerfield!
Registration fee is $15 and due to Coach Klinger by February 8th. Please make cash payment. Parent/Guardian must sign a waiver to participate.
PTSA COOKIE DOUGH FUNDRAISER
The PRS PTSA has many great things planned for the remainder of the year! As you know, our Polar Express was a FUN success and we would like to have more evenings like it. To do these events, we need to continue our fundraising efforts. Friday, your student received a brochure for cookie dough sales. We are asking you to look through the brochure, call Grandma or Grandpa, and see how you can help support our PTSA!
Please be sure to take the payment for anything you sell. We are accepting cash and checks- made out to "PRS PTSA".
All orders and money must be turned in Feb. 12th.
The cookie dough will be available for pickup Thursday March 3rd. YOU MUST COME TO THE SCHOOL TO PICK UP YOUR ORDERS! We will not allow any student to take the dough home on the bus. We will be sure to sure to accommodate as many families as possible with pick up times. If you have any questions, please email Summer Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for your continued support of Pike Road's PTSA!
CHECKING OUT PRIOR TO DISMISSAL
COME JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST ON FRIDAYS!
We are in the beginning stages of launching Pike Road Papas. This is an opportunity for Dads to get involved in the lives of our students. In conjunction with Pike Road Papas, we are inviting families to breakfast every Friday morning. You can eat with your children and with others who tend to gather around visiting Dads and Moms. Come share your family's love with the Pike Road Family.
Breakfast for adults costs $2.50 and breakfast for learners cost $2.00.
Community 7/8 is hosting our first ever Pike Road School’s Career Day. This is a student organized project. The goal for Career Day is for students at Pike Road School to get a better understanding and to be inspired by possible career options. In the morning, we will have speakers who will share about their careers. If you are interested in sharing about your career, please click this link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16U2hrLanLQ1QBrvVH7aWfKPIoqn65yA4gOHGH7QSdms/viewform?usp=send_form and share your information.
We are also looking for volunteer college students (not freshmen) or recent college graduates to speak at this event. They will share about college life and their major. If you are interested or know of college students who might be interested in being apart of this event, please click this link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16U2hrLanLQ1QBrvVH7aWfKPIoqn65yA4gOHGH7QSdms/viewform?usp=send_form and share your information.
We will follow up with you once we review all the information. Thank you.
Community 7/8 Career Day Project Team
*PLEASE REMIND YOUR LEARNER TO BRING HEADPHONES AND CHARGE THEIR COMPUTER EVERY NIGHT.
*Students need to be responsible for checking Edmodo and email on a daily basis. They do this at school and need to continue at home. Thanks for your help on this!
*If you are still not receiving emails via School Cast (Info@PikeRoad) or FreshGrade issues. Please let us know.
*Check your learner's Edmodo account and email daily to stay up to date.
HOW CAN I BEST SUPPORT MY LEARNER AT HOME?
HOW TO GET A GMAIL ACCOUNT TO YOUR PHONE:
*Ask your child SPECIFIC questions about their learning.
Example: "I read in your email that you are learning about speed and energy, what activities did you do to learn about this? Which activity did you enjoy the most? Can you tell me how speed and energy are related?" Ask them what their "TWEET FOR THE DAY" would be if they were going to sum up their day. This is a few powerful, but brief words about their day.
*READ! READ! READ!
Find something your child is passionate about and fuel that passion by encouraging them to read about it. The more they read, the more they will learn new vocabulary words. Get the to describe what they've read to you in detail. You might even read a book together and discuss it.
- February 15 – Professional Development Day (no school for learners)
- February 16 – Patriots’ first soccer game at Trinity Presbyterian School
- February 17 – Patriots’ first baseball games at Robert E. Lee High School
- February 19 – C6 Competes in MathCounts Competition
- February 19 – Patriots’ first Softball Game - LAMP JV
- February 25 at 6:00 – Multicultural Festival and Taste of the World PTSA Meeting
- March 2 at 8:00 a.m. – PTSA Board Meeting
- March 3 – Cookie Dough Pick Up
- March 5 – Patriots Track Team runs in Race to Fight Hunger
- March 7 at 6:00 p.m. – School Board Meeting
- March 21-25 – Spring Break (interior door manufacturer working in the building)
- March 28 – Professional Learning Day – No School for Students
- April 4 at 6:00 p.m. – School Board Meeting
- April 5-8 – Book Fair
- April 5 at 8:00 a.m. PTSA Board Meeting
- April 18 -22 – ACT Aspire
- April 25 – Professional Learning Day – No School for Students
- April 28 – Field Day for K-6
- May 2 at 6:00 p.m. – School Board Meeting
- May 10 – C4 to attend Biscuits Game
- May 26 – Last Day of School for Learners
VALENTINES FOR VETERANS FROM THE TOWN OF PIKE ROAD
The Pike Road Arts Council presents...
BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL SIGN-UPS
2016 Five Points of Life Kids Marathon
COME SUPPORT OUR SPRING PATRIOT SPORTS
A day in the life of a C4 Patriot...
8:30-11:30 - Literacy block: Ms. Rials/Mrs. Napier OR
- Math block: Fureigh/Hardin
- Your learner knows which lead learner they are with.
- (PE falls in this time block)
- (Lunch falls in this block beginning at 12:06 pm)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Learners and Lead Learners can reach out to one another and connect by sharing ideas, problems, and helpful tips. A lead learner can assign and assess work on Edmodo; students can GET and GIVE feedback from the entire class on Edmodo. Ask your child about "Two STARS and a WISH." Think of it as a "walled garden" where collaboration and learning can take place in a safe environment.
What is Fresh Grade?
"As parents, we know everything about our children’s habits. We know what gives them nightmares and why at 4:00pm they get a bit cranky. We know it all, right? Nothing is more important to us than our child’s development, yet we have a blind spot – the classroom.
FreshGrade gives parents a window into the classroom through a secure digital portfolio for your child. Capturing their learning as it happens, and tracking their progress." It also increases communication and collaboration between parents, learners and Lead Learners through digital portfolios.
How can my child move from "not meeting expectations to meeting expectations? While we continue to support and facilitate you child's learning during the school day, you can help at home too. Work with your learner on areas where they are struggling by using the individual Lead Learner feedback (that was given specifically to you child) on Fresh Grade to facilitate their learning at home. Once your child feels they are ready to be re-assessed, just have them drop us and email.
How can I understand what the standard is asking and where can I get extra resources for the standards?
Below is a link to the Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX) website that you can use to get both the explanation of the standard AND resources to go along with them. It will also help you go above and below the 4th grade standard.
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